This is part of the difference between series.

I’ve heard some people confusing the words breath and breathe. Here’s the difference between the two.


Breath is a noun that refers to the air that travels into and out of the lungs when, well, breathing.

  • I took a deep breath, whispered, “You can do this”, and stepped onto the stage.


Breathe is a verb that refers to what you do when you take a breath.

  • Don’t breathe too quickly, or you might hyperventilate.

Memory trick: Keep in mind that breathe and verb both contain an E.

Which words do you confuse? Let me know in the comments below.

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About Kim Siever

I am a copywriter and copyeditor. I blog on writing tips mostly, but I sometimes throw in my thoughts about running a small business. Follow me on Twitter at @hotpepper.

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